How to Enable Aero Glass Transparency with Blur in Windows 10?

Here is an awesome news for Windows users who were eagerly waiting for the addition of Aero Glass transparency in Windows 10. Finally Microsoft has decided to bring Aero glass with blur back in Windows operating system.

If you can remember, long time back we posted an exclusive wishlist article in which we listed some most demanded features which Microsoft should implement in future versions of Windows:

[Wishlist] Features You Want to See in Next Windows Version

I'm very glad to see that Microsoft is listening to our requests and implementing almost all those suggested features in Windows 10 operating system such as addition of Start Menu, removal of Charms Bar, etc. Aero Glass transparency was one of the most requested features in that article and finally Microsoft has added the missing functionality back to Windows 10 OS.

When Microsoft removed Aero Glass transparency from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, people had to use 3rd party software as mentioned here to bring it back.

But Windows 10 users will not need to use any 3rd party software or customization mods to enjoy Aero Glass and blur effects. Windows 10 will already come with this much awaited functionality included.

BUT!!! Microsoft is currently testing Aero glass functionality in Windows 10. That's why they have added the glass effect only to Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10:

Aero_Glass_Transparency_Blur_Windows_10_Start_Menu.png

Since the functionality is under testing, Microsoft decided to perform A/B test on it. In other words, 50% of Windows 10 users will get the new Aero glass transparency with blur effect in Start menu and Taskbar but remaining 50% will get standard transparency without glass and blur effects on Start menu and Taskbar.

It has been done for testing purposes and to get feedback from users which will help Microsoft in deciding whether to implement Aero glass and blur effects in other areas of UI such as window frames, titlebar, etc or not. Also it'll help Microsoft in taking a big decision whether to set Aero glass transparency as default in Windows 10 or make it an optional feature.

That's a wise decision but many users who upgraded to Windows 10 and didn't get Aero glass transparency and blur effects are feeling cheated.

Don't worry! If you are using Windows 10 but not getting Aero Glass transparency with blur effect, this tutorial will help you in activating the feature.

Actually Microsoft is taking help of a simple Registry key to decide whether Aero glass and blur effects should be enabled or not in Windows 10. So we can modify this Registry key anytime to enable or disable Aero glass and blur effects in Windows 10.

Just follow these simple steps to activate and enable Aero Glass transparency with blur effect in Windows 10:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

3. In right-side pane, look for a DWORD EnableBlurBehind. If you can't find it, create a new DWORD, set its name as EnableBlurBehind and set its value to 1

Enable_Aero_Glass_Transparency_Blur_Windows_10.png

4. Close Registry Editor and restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect.

That's it. It'll enable the new Aero glass transparency with blur in Windows 10.

In future, if you decide to disable Aero glass, simply change value of EnableBlurBehind DWORD to 0 again.

So you see the availability of Aero glass transparency in Windows 10 is currently decided by the above mentioned DWORD in registry. If its set to 1, then you'll get the glass and blur effects. If its set to 0, you'll get normal transparency without glass and blur effects.

NOTE: If you are not familiar with registry editing tasks, we are also providing ready-made registry script to do the task automatically for your convenience. Just download following ZIP file, extract it and then run the given .REG files to enable/disable Aero glass and blur effects:

Registry Script to Enable/Disable Aero Glass Transparency with Blur in Windows 10

Also Check:

Collection of Windows 10 Hidden Secret Registry Tweaks





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Comments

  • Can you please provide us with a ready made registry script? I don't feel comfortable with registry editing.

  • VG

    ^^ Added. :)

  • what about the DWORD 'ColorPrevalence'? what is that?

  • VG

    ^^ Other options are related to the settings available in Settings -> Personalization -> Colors.

  • Will this blur and aero theme be available for the complete windows or just the start screen. I mean will the trasparency be seen for opened windows as well. I LOVE AERO VERY MUCH and mis s it very badly in windows 10 which made me hate windows 10. Please kindly answer.

  • great info and looking awesome, hope ms will give the aero effect to all of the components very soon, and also hoping that ms will get positive feedback with aero glass from the insider.

  • Thanks a lot VG :-)

  • VG

    @harish
    In current build Aero glass and blur are only available for Start Menu and Taskbar for testing purposes. But in final version of Windows 10, it'll be enabled in other parts as well.

  • I hope this feature won‘t get abandoned and will be implemented even further, similar to Windows 7.

  • I've been missed these tweaks coz I haven't downloaded yet.

  • Does not work on Windows 10 final version. How to enable aero glass as it was in Win 7 in final version of Windows 10?

  • not working in windows 10 home single language

  • Apparently this key is NOT available in the release version of Windows 10. Why Microsoft, why?

  • This does work in release version.

    The registry Key isn't there so just create a new DWORD key in the same location with the same name as in the tutorial above, set value to 1 and restart explorer. Presto

  • @Andy
    Doesn't work.

  • not working

  • Not working in Windows 10 final version. Or at least it doesn't change anything. Final version comes with Aero and blur already installed but only for the start menu and task same as in the preview. the Dword key mentioned is not present in the final version. So not sure how it is turned on without it? In any case I added the Dword and set the value at 1 hoping I would get full Aero effect. But absolutely nothing changed. Still have only Aero in start and task. Not sure if changing it to zero in the string I created would make me lose it, since it was not there when i already had Aero.

  • Have the release version of Windows 10.
    No Aero anywere.
    Tried using the key above in the registry.
    Did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    And yes, I did it correctly.
    I'm very comfortable with the registry,
    and build my own computers.

  • Aero where art thou?

  • Hello, i have tried applying 1 value the DWORD EnableBlurBehind and restarted explorer.exe, but it didn't have an effect except that i had problems accessing some settings
    i.imgur.com/TnEU96k.png
    May i know what's the solution for this?, do i need to sign out/restart my computer to solve it?
    i tried applying the ready made registry file too both have the same result
    my windows version is Windows 10.0 (Build 10240) Pro

  • VG

    ^^ Delete the DWORD and restart your computer.

  • This is old news. No, Microsoft did not "restore" AeroGlass to Windows 10, except to the start menu, which is just a tease. In fact, Microsoft took some other things away that I had to hack to get back, like the ability to have non-white Window captions (honestly! What was MS thinking?) and the ability to get back my old color selection dialog.

    There is a 3rd party web site that did a beautiful job with Aero for Windows 8.1, which I have on my other computer. Hopefully soon they'll have a working version for Win 10. Just Google "Aero Glass for windows 10" and you should find it.

  • VG

    ^^ Yeah. Thats mentioned here:

    http://www.askvg.com/yet-another-easy-way-to-get-full-transparency-in-windows-8/

  • Well, October 2015, I picked this up, and nope, it does nothing.
    Good old Microsoft - hack out the nice bits and leave us with a Windows 3 GUI!
    I'm not going to be "upgrading" from Windows 7 to 10, thanks all the same.

  • this regedit works but the final couple steps are missing. after editing the registry you right click on the start menu and go to properties and customize start menu. then slide the sliders all the way left to go fully transparent. i leave it about two thirds of the way left on the start menu so you can stil read the text, but i select full transparency for the start menu.

  • 04MAR16: aeroglass doesn't work with th2 'insider' builds, inc. the latest 14271, so far no word from developer on when he may have time to update it.

  • Hello,
    Just checking into see if there is any further news on Aero Glass for Windows 10? It is now March 2016 - I tried 10 for one entire day and took my machine back to the Geek Squad and had it restored to 7 - I was so upset with not having Aero Glass on it. I will NOT upgrade to 10 unless we can have a working version of Aero Glass.

  • Is it possible to enable this on file menus as well?

  • I did everything as stated and restarted it three times and nothing. Then I downloaded your download and extracted it, ran it and allowed it to make the changes to my computer and it said the changes were successfully made. I restarted it and nothing. This doesn't work.

  • Um...when I go to the directory in regedit, it doesn't say the item that you have to change to the value 1, it only shows:
    (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    ColorPrevalence REG_DWORD (1)
    EnableTransparency REG_DWORD (1)
    SpecialColor REG_DWORD (8421504)

  • Same here, no key on release ver upgrade to 10 Pro, just the "Enable Transparency". Really bites - Aero made the Win7 UI .... (post 8/6/16)

  • OMFG Thank you so much, This ROCKS!!

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